Daniel Jacobs founded Get In The Ring Foundation in 2013. While recovering in 2011-2012 from osteosarcoma, he started to focus on his life beyond boxing and considering his debt to the cancer community. Daniel formed Get In The Ring Foundation to help children with their cancer struggles and other life issues he personally dealt with as a child. Our desire is for the world to see our efforts and join in as we make a difference in the lives of children.
The Mission of Get In The Ring Foundation is to help those families by providing early prevention knowledge to decrease childhood cancer occurrences and to provide better health and nutrition for children; turning our children today into leaders of tomorrow. Our desire is for the world to see our efforts and join in as we make a difference in the lives of children. Our purpose is set forth as such:
Caring For the Families of Children – We seek to ensure families who come to us are not alone when a child has been diagnosed with cancer, which is why we continue to build relationships as a pledge of hope and relief during such a difficult time in their lives whether financially or emotionally.
Knockout Childhood Cancer – We believe the best methods to decrease childhood cancer occurrences are through providing educational forums for early prevention, health and nutrition, and relationships in the medical community.
Knockout Childhood Obesity – The problem of obesity amongst our children must be controlled with great care and healthy daily food options. We seek to provide children with the knowledge of eating healthy and opportunities to make lifestyle changes for their entire family.
HOPE FOR TOMORROW
The vision of Get In The Ring Foundation is to acknowledge the needs of children around us in the areas of cancer and obesity; to ensure we become the solution for the problem. As part of this vision, the Get In The Ring Foundation continues to provide community resources and financial support: helping to turn families' despair of today into hope for tomorrow.
Two-fold Impact Childhood Cancer
Daniel was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma cancer, which is a “cancerous (malignant) bone tumor that usually develops during the period of rapid growth that occurs in adolescence, as a teenager matures into an adult. Osteosarcoma is the most common cancerous (malignant) bone tumor in kids. Surgery for this type of cancer includes both the biopsy to confirm cancer and the surgery to take out the tumor(s). The average age at diagnosis is 15. Boys and girls are just as likely to get this tumor until the late teen years when it is more often seen in boys.” (American Cancer Society) Because Daniel was not diagnosed until the age of 24, Get In The Ring Foundation seeks to help parents discover the signs of cancer in their children at an early age by connecting them to medical leaders and new era technology for early detection.
Obesity in children today is growing rapidly and turning obese children into obese adults. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
states if one parent is obese, there is a 50 percent chance that their children will also be obese. Obesity in childhood and adolescence can be related to:
poor eating habits
overeating or binging
lack of exercise
family history of obesity
stressful life events or changes
family and peer problems
depression or other emotional problems
Get In the Ring Foundation seeks to provide children with a better health and nutrition plan to allow them the opportunity to be healthy adults. Daniel travels worldwide speaking about the effect of having great health and nutrition for recovery after surgery and preventative care. Get In The Ring Foundation will provide health and nutrition consulting services for those children recovering from cancer surgeries and poor nutrition with a certified team of doctors, nutritionists, and personal trainers.
HISTORY AND FUTURE OF GIR
“Our desire is for the world to see our efforts and join in as we make a difference in the lives of children.”
Get In The Ring Foundation was established as a means to help children with the exact adversities Daniel Jacobs experienced both as a child and during adulthood. Because Jacobs’ is a Pro Boxer, Get In The Ring Foundation has had the opportunity to capitalize on community involvement in both Texas and New York. However, because Daniel Jacobs' career takes him across the United States of America, at times we will conduct events for children in the actual city where Daniel is boxing. Events will include but are not limited to, children’s hospital visits and fundraisers benefiting children organizations in our areas of purpose.
During Get In The Ring’s first year of existence, Get In The Ring Foundation collaborated with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation by raising funds for their cancer research development. In August 2013, Get In The Ring Foundation put on an awareness event and was featured at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square, New York, on a live broadcast Monday night fight. The same year in October, Get In The Ring Foundation was able to make a very special young woman dreams come true in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Get In The Ring was featured in the local media to help raise funds and bring people in to fight for the cause of osteosarcoma. Since then GIR has visited numerous children at hospitals, schools and summer camps and attended events to raise awareness for childhood cancer and obesity.
Currently, Get In The Ring Foundation is working on a bullying campaign to be adopted by schools in Brooklyn, New York and across the country. We have also started a “We Fight For You” campaign with Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York, New York where they allow GIR to host parties in one of the playrooms to allow the children and their families to have a few moments of fun, peace, and no worries, as they become their very own superheroes that rise above their problems.
Major activities occur 3-5 times a year while smaller activities such as hospital visits and speaking engagements occur 5-8 times a year. From the start of Get In The Ring Foundation, the goal was to always provide free services to children and their families. To further show our belief in helping children and their families, all monetary-specified donations are put back into the foundation as support for all activities. In the words of Jacobs, “Our desire is for the world to see our efforts and join in as we make a difference in the lives of children.”